It has been four months since we announced POP’s Growing Together campaign, a way to uplift and promote the work and achievement of our partners, especially those led by and serving Black communities and communities of color, in our emails and social media posts. It’s time to look back and reflect on the meaningful reconnections we have made so far in this campaign.

In our announcement in June, we asked POP’s supporters to follow and contribute to Urban Tree Connection, a non-profit whose work goes beyond food and green space access towards self-determination and practices that engage Black people in governing their resources together to meet collective needs. Members of POP’s board also pledged $1,000 to support UTC’s vital work.

For POP’s Growing Together post with UTC, visit this page. You can also visit their website: or read this inspiring article on people working on the farm, their work and achievements this year: Farms flourish and nourish in Philadelphia neighborhood.

Photo collage from Norris Square Neighborhood Project describing their mission and work, originally featured in July 2020

The organizations highlighted in the later months have also built momentum for this process of cultivating mutual aid and solidarity. They are: the Norris Square Neighborhood Project whose gardens are space of shared cultural wisdom, creativity, and trans-generational connection and impacts; Share Food Program fighting hunger in some of Philly’s most vulnerable communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic; and Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden, an intergenerational, spiritually rooted, African Diaspora-focused farm dedicated to community food sovereignty and natural agriculture. Further information about their work can be found in POP’s posts in the months they were featured (Norris Square, Share Food, and Bartram’s Garden) or directly through their pages and websites.

Photo collage from Share Food Program describing their mission and work, originally featured in August 2020

As POP will continue to think of ways to uplift partners, build relationships, and advance food and land sovereignty, we want to ask you, our 65 partner organizations, to reconnect through the Growing Together campaign, share your recent work, achievements, or changes made in this time of crisis. Let’s stay connected as mutual aid and solidarity are of greater importance now than ever. Thank you for being part of POP community!

Photo collage from Bartram's Garden describing their mission and work, originally featured in September 2020

This POP Blog Post was written by POP Outreach & Communications Intern Ngoc Pham.